COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Kristi Toliver scored 26 points and passed another career milestone Sunday to lead Maryland (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) to an easy 88-65 win over UCLA.
Toliver, who earlier this year became the program's all-time assists leader, passed 1,500 points for her career, the 10th player in Maryland history to do so."We have a lot of new players and we're starting to get used to each other," said Toliver. "This is a whole new team and we have had to build new chemistry. Everyone was unselfish today and we got a lot of open shots."Marissa Coleman added 22 points, passing 1,600 points for her career and moving into sixth-place all-time.Doreena Campbell, who grew up 45 minutes from the Maryland campus, led UCLA with 25 points, scoring 14 in the first half.UCLA (2-1) never recovered from a rough start, that saw them trail 30-10 in the first half and shoot just 18.2 percent from the floor. Maryland led 41-22 at the break and its lead never dropped out of double-digits in the second half."We talked about wanting to jump out early and set the tone for the game," Maryland coach Brenda Frese said. "When you can hold a great team like UCLA to 18 percent [shooting], that's something to be excited about. Overall that was the best first half of the season for us."It was the second season in a row that Maryland had beaten in the Bruins."We had good looks and we got off the boards well, but we have to convert them," first-year UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell said. "We turned the ball over a lot, and most of those became points for Maryland. This team is a work in progress and they'll learn from it. When you play a team like Maryland, they are going to expose your weak points."